Northside Leadership Conference holds annual awards dinner


The 2012 scholarship award winners. (Photo by Kelsey Shea).

“Northside…Is there any other?” was the theme for The Northside Leadership Conference’s 29th Annual Scholarship & Awards Dinner on June 7 at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Center.

And between NSLC Executive Director Mark Fatla, host Johnny Angel and Northside natives Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and City Council President Darlene Harris who spoke at the event, the answer to the question was definitely a resounding no.

Growing up, both Johnny Angel and Darlene Harris used the same mantra they grew up with, “There are only two sides to Pittsburgh: The Northside and the outside.”

While Northside staples, Bistro-to-Go catered the dinner and Penn Brewery supplied the beer, the evening’s entertainment was a bit different this year.

Several young, Northside performers from ROX Academy showed off what they’ve been learning in the new free, music program for kids and performed several songs on guitar and piano. (Read more here).

After dinner, 13 Northside high school students were awarded for their academic achievements and volunteer hours. Through the support of corporate sponsors, The Northside Leadership Conference awarded the scholarships.

Numerous community and business volunteers were awarded for their hard work in the community as well as a Northside Service Provider Award.

In all, the hundreds of guests who attended, residents, business owners and students, reflected the spirit and hard work of the Northside.

Scholarship and Tablet Awardees:

Jessica Armstrong, Observatory Hill, City Charter High School
Lauren Berry, Brighton Heights, North Catholic High School
Carly Dittrich, Troy Hill, North Catholic High School
Nick Eritz, Observatory Hill, Pittsburgh Perry High School
Kirstie Frisco, Brighton Heights, North Catholic High School
Jennifer Gehry, Fineview, Pittsburgh Perry High School
Jeanette Juracko, Spring Hill, Pittsburgh Perry High School
Nicole Matschner, Brighton Heights, North Catholic High School
Monte Reid, Charles Street, Pittsburgh High School for the Performing Arts
Richard Steele, Spring Hill, North Catholic High School

$1000 Scholarship Awardees:
Dashon Scott, Manchester, Pittsburgh Perry High School
LaMonica Watts-Finley, Northview Heights, Pittsburgh Oliver High School
Amber Stark, Northside, North Catholic



Neighborhood and Business Awardees:
Thomas J. Helke: Allegheny General Hospital
Robert Griewahn: Allegheny West Civic Council
Kelly Day: Brighton Heights Citizens Federation
Jermaine ‘Jamie’ Younger: Brightwood Civic Group
Greg Spicer: Central Northside Neighborhood Council
Angela Williams: Charles Street Area Council
Robert ‘Bob’ Herbert: Community Alliance of Spring Garden/ East Deutschtown
David Rowen: Fineview Citizens Council
LaShawn Burton Faulk: Manchester Citizens Corporation
Ken Pomietto: Observatory Hill, Inc.
Mike Morgan: Spring Hill Civic League
Heather Samuel: Summer Hill Citizens Committee
Lenore Dittrich Zotter: Troy Hill Citizens Inc.

Northside Service Provider Award:
Pressley Ridge

Lifetime Achievement Awardees:
Alex Watson: Allegheny West
Mildrid ‘Pinky’ McGlothlin
Linda Nelson: Manchester
Cecilia ‘Sis’ Gavran: Troy Hill

Special Recognition Award
Jack Hunt ‘Johnny Angel’

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